Love Bites is based on best practice standards for education programs as recommended by the Federal Government funded Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House and other leading academics in the area of violence against women.
Love Bites is a Respectful Relationships Education Program for young people aged 15-17 years. It consists of two interactive workshops: one on Relationship Violence, and one on Sex and Relationships, followed by creative workshops and community campaigns. Love Bites is a flexible model with options to use a full day or multi session delivery approach. The program emphasises the importance of a whole-of-school commitment to respectful relationship education.
Love Bites aims to provide young people with a safe environment to examine, discuss and explore respectful relationships. All Love Bites programming takes a strength-based approach and views young people as active participants who are able to make choices for themselves and their relationships when supported with information and opportunity for skill development.
Love Bites education is focused on three critical areas for learning:
The overall aims of the programming are to equip young people with the knowledge needed to have respectful relationships, encourage and develop their skills in critical thinking and assist them in being able to problem solve and communicate effectively. When equipped in these areas, NAPCAN believes that young people can make the right choices for themselves and their relationships that are free from violence and abuse.
Love Bites Junior is a respectful relationships education program that focuses on the development of respectful relationships for 11-14 year olds.
It is a suite of 3 programs which evolved out of the success of Love Bites, a well-established respectful relationship education program designed for young people. Since Love Bites was initially implemented in 2003, community feedback from across Australia has consistently included the need for respectful relationship education programs for younger students.
The Love Bites Junior Program consists of 3 programs:
Love Bites Junior’s 3 programs are designed to be delivered consecutively as the sessions are deliberately scaffolded to incrementally build young people’s skills.
A lot of people ask us about Love Bites name. The history is that the Love Bites program was developed in 2004 in response to community concerns about unhealthy relationships within high school environments on the mid-north coast of NSW. The name was developed in consultation with young people at the time and has stayed with the program ever since. As Love Bites has been continually reviewed, feedback about the name from young people has remained largely positive; it seems to help young people to feel that the program is for them (and informed by them), and that Love Bites is an opportunity for frank and honest conversations.
Love Bites poster templates for facilitators
If you’re already running Love Bites, you’re probably interested in ways to celebrate the great artwork and messages that come out of the program.
NAPCAN has created a simple template so you can turn that artwork into posters to promote Love Bites in your area.
Simply download the template files (portrait and landscape versions are available) and open in ‘Adobe Acrobat’. Click ‘edit PDF’ then ‘add image’, drag your artwork into position and save.
(P.S. Make sure you get written permission from the artist/school for any artwork that you want to use.)
The LOVE BiTES and LOVE BiTES JUNIOR Respectful Relationships Education programs are for students aged between 11 and 17 years. LOVE BiTES has also been adapted so it can be delivered in out-of-school settings, such as alternative school programs, school support units, Juvenile Justice programs and youth holiday programs.
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